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Born around 1956 in Sahoue, in the Mono department in southwest Benin, Mrs. Gwladys N. is retired from the Postal and Telecommunications Service in Benin. A mother of six children, two of whom still live at home, she is a trained hairdresser and has a beauty salon in her home. She also sells beauty products and various brands and types of hair extensions. In addition, she sells cloth that she displays in her salon. Considering her increased client base, Mrs. Gwladys N. is requesting a third loan in order to purchase more supplies and meet her customers’ needs.

Translated from French by Kristina Jackson, Kiva Volunteer.

Née vers les années 1956 à SAHOUE dans le département du MONO au Sud-ouest du BENIN, dame N. Gwladys est retraitée de l’Office des Postes et Télécommunications du BENIN. Mère de 6 enfants dont 2 sont encore à sa charge, elle s’est formée en coiffure et a ouvert un salon de beauté à son domicile. Elle vend également des produits de beauté et différentes marques et qualités de mèches. Parallèlement, elle revend des tissus qu’elle expose dans son salon. Compte tenu de l’augmentation de sa clientèle, dame N. Gwladys introduit sa demande de renouvellement pour son troisième crédit afin d’augmenter son stock pour répondre aux demandes de sa clientèle.

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About Alidé

Alidé is a Beninese NGO that works to reduce poverty by offering sustainable access to productive loans like this one in addition to savings, training sessions, and social work to low-income families.

Supporters of this loan should be aware that there is some risk of being repaid late. Because the Beninois Ministry of Finance has imposed restrictions on the amount of money Alidé can send to Kiva, the organization can only send monthly repayments in installments smaller than $13,000. This means that some Kiva lenders may receive their repayments late. However, Alidé remains a healthy institution in good standing with its creditors, and Kiva would like to continue working to support its clients. For more information, please refer to Alidé's partner profile page.

About Benin

  • $1,600
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Benin Loans Fundraising
  • $4,467,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 415.7
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Gwladys purchase of 15 dozen hair extensions, 15 cosmetic kits, 10 pieces of cloth and other beauty products.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 11, 2008
May 24, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2009